Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins today, 6-4, evening the series and setting up the Sunday rubber match. Verlander gave up four hits and one run through seven innings of work, improving his record to 17-8 on the year.
With this win, Detroit is able to maintain their lead over the AL Central division, sitting two games on top of the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers established a lead early, scoring two runs in a second inning highlighted by a solo Prince Fielder home run off of Minnesota's P.J. Walters. Detroit then extended their lead in the top of the eighth, with a three-run Miguel Cabrera home run contributing to a four-run inning.
Walters would earn the loss on the afternoon, falling to 2-5 on the year on 11 appearances.
Minnesota would rally in the bottom of the eighth to make a game of it, with a Ryan Doumit grand slam off of reliever Joaquin Benoit bringing the score to 6-4. Benoit would be relieved in favor of Al Alburquerque, who would end the inning and set up Detroit closer Jose Valverde for the save.